MEP Middle East Awards 2020: Meet the Judges

There are 16 categories to pick winners in, meaning the panel has its work cut out.

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We’ve brought together a collection of the sharpest minds in the sector to offer sound, independent judgement ahead of this year's MEP Middle East Awards on 30 September. 

There are 16 categories to pick winners in, meaning the panel has its work cut out, but we’ve no doubt they are up to the challenge.


Under companies there are MEP Supplier of the Year, MEP Consultancy of the Year, MEP Contractor of the Year, and Health & Safety Initiative of the Year; under projects there are GCC Project of the Year, Sustainable Project of the Year, Retrofit Project of the Year, Mechanical Project of the Year, Electrical Project of the Year, and Plumbing Project of the Year; and under people there are Young Engineer of the Year, Project Manager of the Year, Mechanical Engineer of the Year, Electrical Engineer of the Year, Plumbing Engineer of the Year, and MEP Executive of the Year.

The nominations continue to drop into our inbox, but there is still time to submit your entry with the deadline pushed back to 5 August. 


Technical Director MEP

Reid Donovan is a key member of the Buildings and Places design teams with responsibility and leadership of the MEP business across the Middle East region. With offices across the Middle East and with Global Design Centers (GDCs) in India. Reporting to the B&P MEP director, Reid is responsible for over 100 MEP professionals operating across the region.  

Reid has been involved in the design and construction phases of many renowned buildings and large-scale developments. He has worked on many high-profile projects covering all industry sectors jointly with some of the world’s leading architects and clients based in the Middle East, USA, Europe and North Africa. 

Specializing in project design delivery his breadth of his experience covers all of the various building and development types including retail, hotels, office headquarters, schools, colleges, large scale residential developments, museums, heritage centres and mixed-use developments.

Before relocating from his London base 11 years ago, the focus had been on super high-rise overseas developments and luxury hotels in countries including China, Morocco, Caribbean, Panama, Korea, Russia, Egypt and the UAE. 

Reid gained his global MEP design delivery and management experience working for major design consultancies including Arcadis Middle East, WSP Middle East, Arup, Buro Happold and WS Atkins.

Technical Manager
Emirates Green Building Council

Majd leads the technical programmes of Emirates Green Building Council (EmiratesGBC) which include the Net Zero Centre of Excellence, Benchmarking Programme, Green Key and Energy Efficiency Programme.

His main role at EmiratesGBC is to create new strategies and programmes, while managing existing initiatives, as a means to drive the council’s mission of promoting sustainability of the built environment in the UAE.

Significant achievements with EmiratesGBC include leading the first three studies of their kind in the region regarding the energy efficiency of existing buildings and zero energy buildings; establishing the first industry benchmarks for energy and water performance of hotels, schools and malls; and offering the first definition for nearly zero energy buildings in the Middle East and North Africa, which has proven to be a stepping stone to driving policy towards de-carbonisation in the UAE and beyond.

Prior to working with EmiratesGBC, Majd managed the National CDM Project for Solar Energy in Lebanon, a complex and multi-stakeholder project registered under UNFCCC.

Majd holds a master’s degree in Renewable Energy from Lebanese and Saint Joseph Universities and a bachelor’s degree in Mechanical Engineering from the Lebanese University. He also holds a Certified Energy Manager, LEED Accredited Professional (Operations and Maintenance) and TRUE Advisor credentials.

Institution of Civil Engineers (UAE Branch)

Dr. Sabih has more 35 years’ experience in the design and construction of rail infrastructure and infrastructure development programs in the UK, Europe and most recently in the Middle East. Transport modes include: Ports, Airport, Metro, Light Rail (LRT), Tram, and Regional Railways, project management and planning, project engineering, design, construction and maintenance in the construction industry.

He has extensive experience in the design and construction of civil and heavy civil infrastructure projects, such as Heathrow Terminal 5 in London, Khalifa Port and Khalifa Industrial Zone in Abu Dhabi, Vasco da Gama Bridge in Lisbon, A13 DBFO Project in London, Metro operation, London Underground (Tube Lines, London), program management for the development of multi-mode transit systems (e.g. Abu Dhabi’s $32billion Integrated Public Transport Program), as the Civil Infrastructure Design Manager, Metro Design, and recently, Head of Engineering with Hyperloop Transportation Technologies MENA Region.

Dr. Sabih is a Charted Engineer, Fellow of the Institution of Civil Engineers, Fellow of the Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation and Fellow of the Chartered Management Institute (UK), as well as the Chairman of the ICE’s UAE Branch.

Mandarr Agshikar
Director, Middle East
AMCA international

Mandarr is an EFQM-certified assessor with more than three decades of experience in business excellence.

He has been based in the UAE for the past 15 years, and during that time has worked with market leaders across various industry verticals.

As director for the Middle East for the Air Movement & Control Association (AMCA), Mandarr is well accustomed to running the rule over the feats of organisations and individuals.

The not-for-profit association covers manufacturers of fans, dampers, louvers, air-curtains, and other air-system components for commercial HVAC, industrial-process, and power-generation applications.

Mandarr is also a team lead and senior assessor for various awards, such as DQA and DHDA from Dubai Economic Department, the shjSEEN Award from Sharjah Chamber of Commerce, and the coveted UAE Innovation Award from Dubai Quality Group, to name but a few.

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